November 27, 2013

“Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it. And let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.”  Micah 1:2

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Masonry commands a certain gravitas in architecture.
Stacked stone hints at an ancient permanence.
The repetition of form in a brick wall assures one that chaos does not reign.

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We cloak our grand structures in the facades of strength and stability.

Our great hospitals are faced with brick.
Our government buildings have edifices of granite.
Our universities are aged by cascading ivy over marble.

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Many churches have facades to convey strength and stability.

How often do we deceive ourselves by the architecture that we choose?

We hope in medicine to defeat the failure of a fallen flesh.
We trust in laws to protect the righteous.
We are confident of the observable and tested.

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Even our souls can be left to doctrines and traditions bereft of the workings of the Spirit.

I read of God’s warnings to His chosen people throughout the Minor Prophets and the book of Revelation.  I confess to weariness at this point of my plan to read through the entirety of the Bible in a year.  I am reading through these prophesies of God’s judgment upon the disobedient. I feel dullness in my hearing.  I struggle to pay attention through the repeated warnings of a God who proves he is to be so slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, continually relenting from disaster, incredibly gracious and merciful. (Jonah 4:2)

I know that I am inclined to build up stone walled edifices of security and stability.

I long for the certain diagnosis of a fallen flesh healed from condemning sin.
I want certainty of divine rules and assurance of proclaimed righteousness.
My intellect craves the gravitas of the doctrinal memorials crafted through brilliant theologians.

However, the security and stability that I long for in my faith will never be found in the constructs of my mind.  History is replete with examples of those who have relied upon illusionary block walls of faith, painted white with their own righteousness.  Those white washed walled were proven to be built without the mortar of the Spirit.  Those walls all failed when examined under the testing of the Lamb of God.  We are called to examine ourselves.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves.  Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!  (1 Corinthians 13:5)

We can have stability and security in our faith.  We can know the refuge of God.  We can be assured that the Spirit is building a glorious cathedral within us.  We can know this assurance through testing of the walls that shelter our faith.  We must push against what we rely upon.  We must probe our heart to see what crumbles and where paint peals.

All that fails is not from God.

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The warnings of old deserve attention.  We need a willingness to expose our hearts, knock down the false walls that are bereft of the Spirit, and let the Lord God be a witness against the sin in our lives.

May the strong walls built by my hands be pushed down
to expose my shameful failures.

May the edifices of personal spiritual triumph crumble
in the ashes of a humbled and broken man in need of a Savior.

May the acknowledgement of my weakness and dependence build
within me walls of assurance in the promises and power of God.

May the finished work of Christ be magnified though
the incomplete sanctification of a child of God continuing to seek his Lord.

PRAYER: O Lord, may my faith be found in you alone.  Break down the walls of my stuborn pride and rebellion.  Lord, I expose my soul to your cleansing love.  May I know only the work of your Spirit in my need.  May I stand only on your sure foundation.  May my triumph come only through the precious blood of Christ.  May my assurance be tested and proven true.  May you be glorified in my weakness.   Complete your work within me, my Savior God.  May my prasie be a sweet fragrance in your presence. (In Christ Alone)    I pray this in the precious name of your Son,  Jesus Christ.   Amen.

One comment

  1. Beautifully expressed and profound.



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